Shelburne’s Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Selectboard in February of 2019. That Plan places a high priority on making Shelburne a safer and more attractive place for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Plan states that the Town should “Continue to pursue construction of bicycle pedestrian bridges over the LaPlatte River and complete the path network linking the Village Area and the residential neighborhoods north of Webster Road and along Irish Hill Road.” It also states that the Town should “Continue to make improvements to the pedestrian circulation system in the Village Center... Priority pedestrian improvements should be implemented as soon as possible.”
The need for a safer connection between Shelburne village and growing neighborhoods located east of Shelburne Falls was first studied in 2011. The result of the study (see link to study at right) was a plan to construct improvements along Falls Road and Irish Hill Road. The plan includes installation of a prefabricated bridge for pedestrians and cyclists beside the existing, car-oriented bridge. It also includes construction of sidewalks both east and west of the bridge. The Town has a received a grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation to help pay for the improvements. The Town has hired an engineering firm—Stantec—to design the improvements and help move the project to completion.
A public meeting to discuss the project will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14 in the Pierson Library Community Room. If you have any interest in the project, please attend! The meeting will be hosted by the Shelburne Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee. The meeting will include a presentation as well as plenty of time for questions and answers.